Marlon Wayans is back for another scary movie, but this time it’s kid-friendly for Netflix‘s The Curse of Bridge Hollow, which also stars Priah Ferguson.
“My mama crawled out the theater,” said Wayans as he reflected on his debut Scary Movie franchise debut in 2000. “She was like, ‘Damn it, y’all is embarrassing.’ And she crawled up out of the theater. It was Scary Movie and it was a hit, but this one is a very appropriate, family-friendly movie.”
"It's very funny. It's got everything you want.," Wayans told Shadow and Act in a recent interview.
“Some action, great special effects, a great story and a lot of laughs,” the White Chicks actor continued. “It feels good that I’ve been a dad for 22 years and I’ve finally made a nice family friend kid movie, but my kids are too damn old to enjoy [it].”
The Curse of Bridge Hollow follows a father-daughter duo who “team up to save their town after an ancient and mischievous spirit causes Halloween decorations to come to life and wreak havoc.” Wayans plays the science-focused father to Bri, the teenage daughter, portrayed by Ferguson. Not only is the renowned actor playing the parent role, but alongside him, Bri’s mother is Kelly Rowland. Ferguson reveals what she learned from working alongside the two veterans for the new film.
"Marlon taught me a lot and [gave me] a lot of advice," Ferguson said.
She added, “You know, just professionalism along the way and the ins and outs of the industry in general. Also, Kelly shared her experiences about what she had to deal with in the industry or the creative business. I learned a lot from them both just by watching and also listening to their conversations about the industry.”
As an avid horror movie viewer, Ferguson also reflected on watching films like The Exorcist alongside her father and admitted to watching Wayans in the Scary Movie installments.
“I watched most of Marlon’s scary Halloween films,” she shared. “So I kind of already knew how it was going to be similar in a way, but not really.”
Wayans, who also served as a producer in the film says the significant message in the film for parents is that “love is learning to let go.”
"You prepare them for this thing called life as best as you can, and you have to allow [your children] to make their own mistakes, find themselves no matter what risks they take," said Wayans.
“Just know that when they fall, you catch them and never say, ‘I told your ass not to climb that building.’ You got to let them be and accept them for who they are… not what you want them to be,” he continued. “Their journey is for them and that is all. We are there to support them and just let them be them.”
The Curse of Bridge Hollow is now available for streaming on Netflix.